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Embassy opens in Jerusalem; U.S. praises move while allies denounce it

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published May 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech Monday at the opening ceremony for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM -- An American delegation including White House officials and major GOP donors officially opened the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, handing Israel a long-sought victory but touching off more clashes with protesting Palestinians.

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cwbird says... May 15, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

I think that it is absolutely wonderful that the US has finally officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. I do credit Donald Trump for having the guts to do it

I believe that it is doubly wonderful that the Palestinians in particular are very angry about it. But I also remember that the Palestinians are the descendants of the Philistines of the Bible.

Remember that perhaps the most famous of the Philistines was a giant of a man (estimated to be at least nine feet tall) named Goliath. He stood taunting Israel to come and fight him, that if he was defeated the Philistines would become their slaves. All the Israeli warriors were terrified, except the young boy David, definitely not a warrior, who came to the battlefield to bring his older brothers some food. David was incensed at the taunts and insisted that he would fight Goliath. Without armor, he took five small stones to hurl at Goliath with his slingshot. The first stone hit Goliath in the forehead and killed him. He then chopped off Goliath's head with Goliath's own sword. It was then that the Philistines did flee.

The Palestinians, like Goliath, are all mouth. Instead of being terrified by the Palestinian (and other Arab and Muslim) threats and continuing to try to negotiate a peace with them, we need to recognize that the only real objective of the Palestinians (and all Arabs and Muslims) is to destroy Israel and that their only real plan is to talk them to death. Because of this objective, they will never negotiate in good faith. Never. You never negotiate with people who do not negotiate in good faith. Never.

I aslo recall a poem by Rudyard Kipling published in 1911 that describes the Danish conquering of England a thousand years ago:

A.D. 980-1016

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!"

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mrcharles says... May 15, 2018 at 8:21 a.m.

Cw, you forgot to mention David was an adulterer, a bandit, a murderer, a thief and a killer of innocents. A real hero to your group of demented parrots.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

A curse on both your houses!

CW, you are a tool of the god of this world. Nothing personal.

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TimberTopper says... May 15, 2018 at 8:34 a.m.

cw, you need to consider seeing if a doctor is able to help you. All you, Donald Trump, and others of like minds have done is to make the people of Israel never know peace. Tell us all how you would like for the American Indians to come take all of your and your families' assets and land away.

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GeneralMac says... May 15, 2018 at 9:01 a.m.

Yesterday PopMom was pulling a " Baghdad Bob" for the Palestinians.

Decrying the killing of those " poor little Palestinian kids" by Israeli soldiers.

FACT CHECK, Baghdad Bob ,,,,,,,,,,,those " innocent" were ordered there by Hamas and were lobbing molotov cocktails at the soldiers.

If any blood is on hands it is on Hamas' hands

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doggod says... May 15, 2018 at 9:02 a.m.

As of Tuesday morning, the Gaza Ministry of Health released the names of 57 Palestinians killed:

1. Laila Anwar Al-Ghandoor, 8 months old

2. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old

3. Wisaal Fadl Ezzat Alsheikh Khalil, 15 years old

4. Ahmed Adel Musa Alshaer, 16 years old

5. Saeed Mohamed Abu Alkheir, 16 years old

6. Ibrahim Ahmed Alzarqa, 18 years old

7. Eman Ali Sadiq Alsheikh, 19 years old

8. Zayid Mohamed Hasan Omar, 19 years old

9. Motassem Fawzy Abu Louley, 20

10. Anas Hamdan Salim Qadeeh, 21 years old

11. Mohamed Abd Alsalam Harz, 21 years old

12. Yehia Ismail Rajab Aldaqoor, 22 years old

13. Mustafa Mohamed Samir Mahmoud Almasry, 22 years old

14. Ezz Eldeen Nahid Aloyutey, 23 years old

15. Mahmoud Mustafa Ahmed Assaf, 23 years old

16. Ahmed Fayez Harb Shahadah, 23 years old

17. Ahmed Awad Allah, 24 years old

18. Khalil Ismail Khalil Mansor, 25 years old

19. Mohamed Ashraf Abu Sitta, 26 years old

20. Bilal Ahmed Abu Diqah, 26 years old

21. Ahmed Majed Qaasim Ata Allah, 27 years old

22. Mahmoud Rabah Abu Maamar, 28 years old

23.Musab Yousef Abu Leilah, 28 years old

24. Ahmed Fawzy Altetr, 28 years old

25. Mohamed Abdelrahman Meqdad, 28 years old

26. Obaidah Salim Farhan, 30 years old

27. Jihad Mufid Al-Farra, 30 years old

28. Fadi Hassan Abu Salah, 30 years old

29. Motaz Bassam Kamil Al-Nunu, 31 years old

30. Mohammed Riyad Abdulrahman Alamudi, 31 years old

31. Jihad Mohammed Othman Mousa, 31 years old

32. Shahir Mahmoud Mohammed Almadhoon, 32 years old

33. Mousa Jabr Abdulsalam Abu Hasnayn, 35 years old

34. Mohammed Mahmoud Abdulmoti Abdal’al, 39 years old

35. Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim Hamdan, 27 years old

36. Ismail Khalil Ramadhan Aldaahuk, 30 years old

37. Ahmed Mahmoud Mohammed Alrantisi, 27 years old

38. Alaa Alnoor Ahmed Alkhatib, 28 years old

39. Mahmoud Yahya Abdawahab Hussain, 24 years old

40. Ahmed Abdullah Aladini, 30 years old

41. Saadi Said Fahmi Abu Salah, 16 years old

42. Ahmed Zahir Hamid Alshawa, 24 years old

43. Mohammed Hani Hosni Alnajjar, 33 years old

44. Fadl Mohamed Ata Habshy, 34 years old

45. Mokhtar Kaamil Salim Abu Khamash, 23 years old

46. Mahmoud Wael Mahmoud Jundeyah, 21 years old

47. Abdulrahman Sami Abu Mattar, 18 years old

48. Ahmed Salim Alyaan Aljarf, 26 years old

49. Mahmoud Sulayman Ibrahim Aql, 32 years old

50. Mohamed Hasan Mustafa Alabadilah, 25 years old

51. Kamil Jihad Kamil Mihna, 19 years old

52. Mahmoud Saber Hamad Abu Taeemah, 23 years old

53. Ali Mohamed Ahmed Khafajah, 21 years old

54. Abdelsalam Yousef Abdelwahab, 39 years old

55. Mohamed Samir Duwedar, 27 years old

56. Talal Adel Ibrahim Mattar, 16 years old

57. Omar Jomaa Abu Ful, 30 years old

58 - 60: Unidentified

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GeneralMac says... May 15, 2018 at 9:04 a.m.

Naive TreeTrimmer mentions that Israel " may never know peace".

How in the world can Israel ..EVER.....know peace when certain Muslims want them...." wiped off the face of the earth"

( also Muslim sympathizers who post here..........DoubleBlind )

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GeneralMac says... May 15, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

doggood........57 LESS people who want Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

Maybe our Muslim sympathizing ex-president ( Barack HUSSEIN Obama ) should call and order flowers.

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doggod says... May 15, 2018 at 9:20 a.m.

GeneralessMac. You seem like a real fine Christian. Not.

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PopMom says... May 15, 2018 at 10:03 a.m.

The situation was at least stable in the Middle East. Now, Trump has riled up the Palestinians and the Iranians. Israel is now less safe. The families of those 57 who died yesterday will seek vengeance, and the cycle of war and violence will continue. Why couldn't we have announced a capital in Jerusalem for the Palestinian state at the same time so the region could move toward peace?

cwbird is a wacko. There are good and bad people of every color, ethnicity, and religion.

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PopMom says... May 15, 2018 at 10:05 a.m.


Maybe if we encouraged Israel to show a little restraint and diplomacy, fewer Arabs would want to wipe it off the face of the earth.

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